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McInturff, Ruele take over 4th quarter in Watauga’s 47-29 win over Carolina Day

By David Rogers. BOONE, N.C. — Watauga District Middle School point guard Chase McInturff all but took over the home team’s second half scoring on Jan. 4 vs. Carolina Day, propelling the Wolverines to a convincing, 47-29 win at the the Watauga County Recreation Center.

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McInturff drove the lane seven times in the third and fourth quarters, usually putting the finishing touches on a Wolverines fast break. His 14 second half points, combined with 3-of-4 shooting from the charity stripe in the first quarter, gave him a game-high 17 points on the night.

David Ruele contributed 13 points for Watauga District on Jan. 4 vs. Carolina Day. Photographic image by David Rogers

Watauga forward David Ruele sprinkled in 13 points throughout the contest, almost all from inside the paint. Meanwhile, the Wolverines’ Brycen Scheffler continues to improve at the post position, adding valuable rebounds, executing clearing passes, and even adding four first quarter points.

Carolina Day’s Evan Groome kept things close in the first quarter with two made shots from beyond the arc, the first quarter Watauga lead only 11-8. The visitors got seven points in the second quarter, including a 3-pointer from the hands of Jaylin Macafee and two inside buckets from Lucas Nunez, but the Wolverines extended their halftime lead to 19-15 thanks to buckets from Ruele, Devon Shook, and Brodie Lippard.

The Wolverines’ defense clamped down after the break, limiting Carolina Day to just 12 points the rest of the way. Meanwhile, McInturff and Ruele combined for 21 points after intermission, with additional tallies from Shook, Marshall Kilma and Joaquin Miranda-Aponte.

SCORING SUMMARY
  • WAT – Chase McInturff (17)
  • WAT – David Ruele (13)
  • CAR – Evan Groome (11)
  • CAR – Jaylin Macafee (7)
  • CAR – Lucas Nunez (6)
  • WAT – Devon Shook (5)
  • WAT – Brycen Scheffler (4)
  • CAR – Nathaniel Martinez (3)
  • WAT – Austin Vestal (2)
  • WAT – Brodie Lippard (2)
  • WAT – Marshall Kilma (2)
  • WAT – Joaquin Miranda-Aponte (2)
  • CAR – Max Rodriguez (2)
BONUS PHOTOS
David Ruele goes up for two vs. Carolina Day on Jan. 4. Photographic image by David Rogers
This was a familiar scene: Watauga’s Chase McInturff finishing off a fast break to the basket. Photographic image by David Rogers
Brycen Scheffler, playing in the post for Watauga District Middle School, found some scoring opportunities vs. Carolina Day on Jan. 4 at the Watauga County Recreation Center. Photographic image by David Rogers
Chase McInturff brings the ball downcourt for Watauga District vs. Carolina Day on Jan. 4. Photographic image by David Rogers
Yet another of his game-high 17 points for Watauga’s Chase McInturff, driving the lane vs. Carolina Day on Jan. 4. Photographic image by David Rogers
Watauga’s Joaquin Miranda-Aponte sees a lane to the basket vs. Carolina Day on Jan. 4. Photographic image by David Rogers
Joaquin Miranda-Aponte finishes off a scoring opportunity vs. Carolina Day on Jan. 4. Photographic image by David Rogers
Watauga’s Phillip Templeton (0) maneuvers in the backcourt on Jan. 4 vs. Carolina Day at the Watauga County Recreation Center. Photographic image by David Rogers
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